FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who should attend this workshop?

If beautiful weddings are your thing, this experience will be both instructional & inspiring!  The workshop would be most relevant & inspiring to wedding designers, wedding planners, florists and venue event managers, wishing to explore and strengthen their styling & design skills, as well as wedding creatives in general. interested in event design as a whole. 

What if I'm new to the wedding industry?

There is a place for both seasoned wedding biz bosses, as well as those just starting out.  Discussion of the creative process, as well as the business side of creativity, will be helpful to all.  We will learn through doing, walking through the entire process of producing and executing a wedding design proposal--and you will receive as much or as little guidance & feedback as you need, from our panel of designers.

How much access will I have to Eliana, Joy and CeCe?

LOTS!  You will meet in small groups with a different designer each day, where you will have the opportunity to ask questions and get advice on the topics that mean the most to you.  In addition to daily access to all the designers, you will be specifically paired with the designer most inspiring to you, to be your personal mentor throughout the experience.  This relationship-building is absolutely invaluable and uniquely available through Inspire.

What is included in the workshop fee?

Almost all your expenses including shared hotel accommodations (two attendees per room, with 2 queen beds), breakfast for 4 days, lunch for three days, three dinners (including our Welcome Dinner and Farewell Gala on the last night), daily breaks and snacks and one special afternoon excursion. Two full days of workshop educational and interactive sessions, one full day of executing your own styled design for a photo shoot, headshot portraits, and lots of little treats & surprises along the way!

What elements will be included in the styled photo shoots?

All florals, decor, rentals, stationery, and more, needed to execute your styled photo shoot, will be provided at no additional cost.  You will be paired with one of our fabulous (and published) photographers, a professional model, gorgeous gown and beautiful centerpieces, and you will come away with a beautifully curated collection of images of your work to add to your portfolio.

What if I live in New Orleans and don't require a hotel room?

There is an option for local New Orleans residents to invest in the workshop experience only, and skip.  You will still enjoy all meals, goodies and transportation during your time with us.  To get the most out of the experience, you should arrive at 8am each morning and plan to join us for dinner, typically between 6 and 9pm.

If you are not a local resident, you must stay at our host hotel to participate in the workshop.

Where are we staying?

All attendees will enjoy plush accommodations at a local boutique hotel in the historic French Quarter; the Hotel Mazarin.  Please visit the accommodations page for more details.

I prefer to stay in a single room, may I request that?

Yes!  Of course, for any attendees that prefer to stay in a private room, a single room upgrade of $875.00 is applicable.  Just mention this request when you register and you can pay for this separately on the accommodations page.

Can my spouse/significant other stay at the hotel with me?

Yes!  Of course, it makes sense that you might want to make a getaway of your time in New Orleans.  If you'll only be spending October 16-19, a room upgrade of $875.00 is applicable.  Just mention this request when you register and you have until September 13, 2017 to pay for this separately on the accommodations page.

Can I arrive early or stay longer?

Yes!  New Orleans is one of the most popular domestic destinations for visitors from around the country.  If you'd like to arrive a night or two early, or spend an extra night or two after the workshop we can arrange that for you. Just mention this request after you register (by September 13th).

Do I need to rent a car?

Not at all.  The French Quarter is a charming little area that is easy to get around in on foot.  We will provide transportation for a few special field trips we have in store for you!

How many attendees will be at the workshop?

In order to create an intimate experience for our attendees so that their learning and collaboration time can be maximized, we will be limiting the guest list to not more than 16 attendees.

I am gluten-free or have food allergies, can I request special meals?

Yes, absolutely, after you register, you will receive a brief questionnaire where you can let us know your specific restrictions and we will note for all meals.

Will we have any free time during the workshop?

Yes, we have allocated one evening for you to explore at your leisure-- perhaps try your first oyster, dine with your new friends, catch some live music.  You also have the option of extending your stay by one or more days.

I registered for the workshop but can no longer attend, is my deposit refundable?

Unfortunately, any deposits paid to date are non-refundable.  We will be holding a place for you, should you need to cancel, all deposits paid will be considered non-refundable; however you may transfer any monies paid to a new attendee, not already registered to attend.

What time will we begin each day?

We will have breakfast around 8:00am each morning and start sessions just before 9:00am.  End times will vary each day.  Please consult the Itinerary for details.

What should I pack?

Please feel free to dress comfortably as you will be sitting in educational sessions as well as participating in hands-on interactive classes, with some walking as we visit different venues in the historic French Quarter--comfortable shoes are a must!  For the Welcome Dinner, feel free to dress business-smart, and for the Farewell Gala Dinner, you may wish to wear a cocktail attire or an evening gown. 

What will the weather be like?

Expect day-time temperatures of low to mid 70's and sundown temperatures anywhere from low 50's to 60's. 

What is the payment structure, can I pay in installments?

For all-inclusive packages, booking early (before May 31st) will save you at least $500.  Installment packages are also available, spreading payments over 4 months.  Please see the Investment page for details.

I have a question that I don’t see answered on this page, who do I contact?

Please email us at joinus {at} inspire-designworkshop.com and we will get right back to you!